Happy New Year! It’s a new year, which means new reading goals. So today I thought I would share my Bookish Resolutions for 2021. Also, my apologies for this post going up later on Wednesday as opposed to at 8:00 am Eastern time as it usually does. I wish I had an excuse like technology going wrong, but honestly I just forgot to write it…oops…
Anyway, this year I have five main resolutions, some more numerical and others a bit vague. So let’s get into it!
I. Quality over Quantity
In the last few years, I’ve found myself fixating a bit too much on the number of books I’ve read, as opposed to slowing down and really taking in stories even at the cost of reading less books. But this year I want to change that. Even though I’m still setting my Goodreads goal to 105 books, I don’t want to get to fixated on that number. For the last few years I’ve read nearly 200 books a year, and at most this year I want to hit that 105 books.
Instead of reading a lot of books, I want to take my time with each story. This may mean I only read one book a week or a month, or it might mean I read just as many books as I have been. I don’t know yet, because I’m not sure how to quantify this goal at the end of the year. We’ll see. I just want to slow down a bit in my reading.
II. Read 2 owned books a month
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I have a bad habit of buying books and then reading books from the library instead. Library books are due in 3 weeks, whereas the books I own I’ll have forever, so I constantly prioritize library books and never get to the actual books I own, which is a pity because I really want to.
So this year one of my goals is to read 2 books I own every month. This is a pretty conservative amount, but if I read 24 owned books this year, it’ll take a good chunk out of my 130 or so books I own. Also, these are physical books I’m focusing on. Maybe enough time I’ll focus on all the Kindle books I own.
III. For each book bought, unhaul one
This one might be my hardest resolution to keep, because I tend to impulse buy a lot of books on random. But this year, I’m setting myself a challenge that for each book I buy, I have to get rid of one book I own. Thus, I don’t increase my owned books. The whole point of this resolution is to make me really slow down and think if I really want to buy a book. Thus I’ll only buy books I really genuinely want as opposed to books I’m merely curious about.
There is one exception to this rule. If I get any book as a gift, I don’t have to get rid of a book, because I didn’t buy it myself. My hope it to curb my book buying addiction this year.
IV. Read 2 books on my TBR each month
This is similar to the “read two books I own” resolution. I have a notebook where I store my TBR. Unfortunately, I’m also a massive mood reader so I far too often will just find new books which look interesting as opposed to try to decrease my TBR. So my next goal this year is to read at least 2 books from my TBR every month.
V. Read more epic fantasy this year
Last year, I tried to read more sci-fi, but this year I want to delve into epic fantasy more. I have to finish Lord of the Rings, read more Terry Pratchett and Brandon Sanderson, etc. I’m not going to put a quantitative number on this goal, but I do want to read epic fantasy in general, especially the longer books which I’ve been avoiding because they intimidate me.
Also, I did this post up as a video if you want to watch it.
What are your bookish resolutions for 2021? What do you think of mine this year? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,